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WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van

FREE  

The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Shapes of Nature

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Outdoor Art

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities. Learn about plant parts, the life of a bee, different types of seeds, how to plant a rainbow garden, worm composting and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The spectacle is choreographed to music and produced by award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics. Watch from a lakefront boat cruise, Navy Pier’s South Dock or one of the Ferris wheel gondolas.

When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10:15 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Organic Garden

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Kids can plant, weed, water and more in the garden, maintained by The Organic Gardener, a Glencoe-based organization, who will also offer special activities every Tuesday and Saturday (2-3 p.m.). Activities include crafting seed packets, edible necklaces, and window greenhouses.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Grant Park Music Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Grant Park Music Festival presents more than 20 concerts between June 11 and August 16. Visit website for concert schedule and information.

Cost: Free

Theatre-Hikes

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. weekends
Cost: $20, $10 kids; $10 members, $5 member kids

Theatre Hikes

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Follow the captivating story of “Alice in Wonderland” and watch as performers search for the white rabbit and enjoy a spot of tea with the Mad Hatter throughout July. In August, hikers can follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  Taking place throughout September, “Enchanted April” is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel, and tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. In October, hikers can follow along to “Resurrected: Grave Tales of Chicagoland.” Profiling five famous Chicago scary tales— Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride and Francis Levy's Handprint— these eerie stories are strung together by the Wynkoop Murder investigation and include audience participation. Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will take place on July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

 

 

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20 adult nonmember, $10 adult member; $10 child nonmember, $5 child member

Cirque Shanghai

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Cirque Shanghai returns this summer to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014.

Cost: Call for cost
 










 
 
 
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